CGS Geologists Assess Multiple Fire Burn Areas for Landslide Potential: 9-17-20 Update

Wildfires are a disaster that can spawn yet another disaster. Fire eliminates ground covering on slopes, exposing the soil underneath and making it more susceptible to debris flows. Such events can be catastrophic, as was the case in Montecito (Santa Barbara County) in 2018. Preparing for this hazard, California Geological Survey (CGS) scientists continue to deploy…

Protecting California’s Food Supply Through the COVID-19 Pandemic– [a webinar recap]

Supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 brought food security — and the resilience of food networks — to the forefront of discussion among policy makers. In particular, the pandemic has highlighted essential role of local farmers in ensuring a reliable and healthy food supply for our state and country. That’s why the American Farmland Trust…

The Mammoth Lakes Earthquakes – 40th Anniversary

On May 25, 1980–nearly one week after the spectacular eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano–at 9:33 a.m. PST, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked through Mammoth Lakes, California. During the next 16 minutes, four more shocks, magnitude 4.1 – 5.5 followed. This seismic activity was the beginning of an earthquake sequence that produced 72 magnitude…

Celebrate Earth Day (Week) With Us–Virtually

“During this especially challenging year, let’s be mindful of this unique time to appreciate the bounty that California has to offer and carry forward our current desire to get outside and enjoy it. Let’s take a moment to think about what we can do to continue appreciating our natural environment and ways to take care of this valuable resource. ” – DOC Director David Shabazian

CalConservation’s Technology Team Makes Telework Transition

In the blink of an eye, CalConservation’s staff went from 10 office buildings throughout the state to 900 home offices. Without missing a beat, our technology team (ETSD) facilitated a nearly flawless transition of our department to telework. Thanks to foresighted and proactive leaders, supportive management, and nimble and committed staff, DOC continues to produce…